It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Central London. I have been keeping myself away from it but not on purpose, just don’t have the time to do so as it’s been quite busy with work lately. I do feel guilty about this as I vowed to myself when I moved to London 3 years ago that I’ll never take living here for granted and will explore the city whenever I am off from work. (Gosh! Has it been 3 years already?)
Last month we celebrated The Greek Mister’s birthday which is a great reason to be in Central London to try yet another restaurant for our date night. The chosen one was Jean-Georges At The Connaught in the fashionable and expensive area of Mayfair. Don’t be intimidated by its address though, we had an amazing 6-course meal at a price of GBP88 per person which for London standards is a steal!
We arrived at the stylish Connaught Hotel just in time for our reservation. Jean-Georges is immediately on our left and we were sat in a plush, bean-shaped seats snuggling around a low table. I was hoping that we’ll be seated in the “conservatory” with glass walls which allows you to see the world of Mayfair from where you dine however it was quite busy that night and I didn’t really put a special request for it in my reservation.
We were handed a thick book and a one page menu, the book lists all the wines they have and other alcoholic drinks you can think of. It’s one of the things I was looking forward to on this dinner – I’ve heard they offer some great cocktails here as well as wine. I asked our waitress if she has any recommendations for a sweet wine, she advised that their in-house sommelier will be able to help me with that. In a matter of minutes, a gentleman came to our table and asked if by sweet I meant a dessert wine or something with just a hint of sweetness in it? I told him the latter and he gave me a small amount of what he recommends for me to try which was exactly what I wanted. I’m not really a wine drinker as you can tell, it gives me a bad headache the next day so I’ve never been accustomed to its taste and always prefer something a bit sweet.
We opted to take the 6-course menu which I think is far better than ordering a steak which was our second choice. With a 6-course menu you get to enjoy a curated list of some of the restaurant’s best dishes in one seating. I highly recommend that you do the same if you’re planning to visit Jean-Georges At The Connaught anytime soon. 🙂
We started with an amuse bouche to prepare our palate of what’s to come. Our first course was the delicate egg toast and caviar. The generous amount of caviar on this dish was astounding! I normally inhale my food as soon as it’s presented to me but this 6-course meal taught me to slow down and savour each and every bite of every single dishes served to us. Our second course was the crispy salmon sushi which once again, was incredible. The crispiness of the potatoes combined with the salmon was like a feast in my mouth.
Blue fin tartare tuna was our third course and I must say was the only dish that didn’t get such high praises from both The Greek Mister and myself. The sauce used in this dish overpowered the taste of the tuna a bit too much. I quite like tuna on its own. This dish was saved immediately though by the fourth course, the incredible black truffle pizza. The combination of the the taste of truffles and the melted cheese rendered me speechless. We each had a slice of this incredible dish and I have to say that it’s slowest I’ve eaten a slice of pizza in my life – savouring each and every single bite.
The pumpkin seed crusted salmon came next, I loved the combination of flavours and texture in this dish. The strong taste of ginger in the sauce subdued by the mushrooms and the salmon. Each bite is an explosion of flavours in my mouth. Last but not the least is our 6th course, the spice crusted venison. The meat was so tender it basically melts in your mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever had venison before or if I had, it wasn’t as remarkable as this one. It was the best end of our meal.
Desserts came next, I chose to have the pineapple and passion fruit candy floss which was a bit OTT in presentation. Lol. As you can see, the plate is covered entirely by candy floss creating a dome for what’s inside it which is a combination of banana mousse, pineapple juice, roasted pineapple and passion fruit. I’m not really into sweets so after 3 bites of the candy floss and a spoonful of the concoction inside it, I was done.
It was our first date night this year and it would be quite hard to top it. It’s definitely a good choice celebrating The Greek Mister’s birthday at the Jean-Georges At The Connaught with their 6-course menu.
Total bill including drinks and service charge for 2 people: GBP266.00
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